The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Update from the City of Fredericksburg
According to Dominion Virginia Power, there are still 1,960 customers within Fredericksburg that do not have electrical power restored. Dominion is working diligently to get all customer’s back up and running but it may take a little longer as their crews as well as contract crews work hard to repair outages and downed lines due to storm damage (trees, broken poles, etc.)
Due to the excessive heat a Cooling Shelter was again opened today at the Hugh Mercer School at 2100 Cowan Blvd. The hours were from 11 am to 8 pm. This has been a cooperative effort between Fredericksburg Department of Social Services, City Schools and Fredericksburg Emergency Management. The shelter was opened on Saturday as well.
With anticipated high temperatures and high humidity forecast again for tomorrow, the cooling shelter will be open from 11 am to 8 pm again Monday. Service animals are allowed at the shelter but for those with pets who want to escape the heat, PetSmart may be an acceptable alternative for a several hours to get your pets out of the heat. The store may have requirements for pets to be on a leash or in a kennel, please check with them.
Fredericksburg Emergency Services (Fire and EMS) have handled approximately 50 documented responses due to the storm that impacted the region on Friday night. This included transformer fires, downed trees and power lines, removing persons trapped in stalled elevators, etc. All this is in addition to the normal volume of fire and EMS calls experienced every day.
The two most significant incidents were a tree into the building at 1430 Franklin Street during the height of the storm on Friday night. Structural damage was done and several occupants were displaced. Fredericksburg units also assisted Stafford County Fire/EMS units on a house fire on Ferry Road shortly after the storm exited the region. This also displaced occupants and damaged the 2nd floor of the home.